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In Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in as new Prime minister today after Ranil Wickremsinghe decided to resign from his post to pave way for a caretaker government. The swearing-in will take place in the afternoon after Wickremsinghe formally tenders his resignation. Earlier, he said that while his government still has majority in Parliament, it was decided to respect the mandate given to Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential election, and step down.

Mr. Ranil Wickremsinghe will resign from the post of Prime minister today morning following which Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in.

Mr. Rajapaksa served as two-term President during which 2005 to 2015 and is the elder brother of current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He was barred from contesting Presidential elections because of two-term limit and will be staging a political comeback as Prime minister. A caretaker cabinet of 15 ministers is also expected to be sworn in. The caretaker government will carry routine work till parliamentary elections are held early next year.




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